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Smart photo tips — A few non-technical guidelines to keep in mind whether shooting by phone or camera

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Photo of the writer’s kiddos, taken at the sand dunes next to The Feathers climbing area.


by Celeste Barry

I love to explore the world. 

My family and I have traveled extensively together, and one of my favorite ways to remember and reflect on our adventures is to photograph it all. 

One way to ensure that you get a good photo is to simply take thousands of them. 

If you do this, it is pertinent that you sort through them regularly or you will end up with a huge overwhelming mess and may want to just delete them all. 

Full moon from writer’s backyard.

Finding a filing system that works for you is one of the best ways to ensure that you always know where that “one awesome shot of Mount Rainier” ended up.

I have a “real” camera (Canon SLR) with a few different lenses to choose from, but I also own an iPhone Plus, just for the extra lens on the phone/camera. 

When taking photos with either camera, I try to remember to go back right away and look at the composition. 

Is there unnecessary clutter that can easily be avoided by retaking the photo? Do I need a fill flash for my closer subjects (are the faces too dark, the background too bright)? Do I need to change the settings on my camera to blur the background for emphasis or should I try to make the whole image sharper?

An American Kestrel, taken with a “real” camera.

If I don’t like a photo, I try to delete it right away to get rid of clutter on my camera. 

We so easily end up with thousands of poor quality photos because they are just so easy to take these days. 

Here are a few of my Wenatchee Valley favorites from the past couple of years. 

Please check out some of my photos on Instagram @yerbaceleste or send me an email at yerba.celeste@gmail.com if you have questions or would like more information.

Celeste Barry is an amateur photographer, mother of two wonderful kids, CDLT board member, world traveler and math club teacher. 

This story also appears on                 Wenatcheeoutdoors.org — the site covers such topics as hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, trail running and skiing in the region.

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